Bialystock and Bloom are back. Yes, The Producers returns to the spotlight, this time for a three-night engagement at the Hollywood Bowl, with two sitcom kings playing the scheming Broadway showmen. Richard Kind (Spin City) is set to play Max Bialystock, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) takes on the role of Leo Bloom.
No Nathan Lane or Matthew Broderick for this production, but there will be familiar faces from past incarnations of the peek-behind-the-curtain musical. Stage veterans Gary Beach and Roger Bart, who were in both the latest film and the 2001 Broadway run, will reprise their roles as Roger De Bris and Carmen Ghia, respectively. Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed the 2005 film adaptation, will fill those roles again for the Hollywood Bowl show.
Channeling Uma Thurman is a woman you may be more accustomed to seeing in blue skin – no, not an Avatar star but Rebecca Romijin, best known as Mystique in the X-Men movies.
The performances will be on July 27, 28 and 29. For you lucky Angelenos or any Producers fanatics willing to make the trip, tickets are on sale now on the Hollywood Bowl’s website.
What do you think of this casting, PopWatchers? Which songs have you thinking about buying a ticket — Ferguson and Kind teaming up for “There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway”? Or maybe you’re itching to see Beach back on stage singing “Springtime for Hitler”? Sashay your way to the comments below.